We all want to live well. Just too often we mess up things and forget how to live blessed in God’s way. Instead of praying we worry. And by worrying we forget the most important thing of life: our relationship with God. Too often we want something our way so badly that we forget to see what’s happening around us. Our fists are so tightly closed that we receive nothing God tries to give us.
“Cursed is the strong one
who depends on mere humans,
Who thinks he can make it on muscle alone
and sets God aside as dead weight.
He’s like a tumbleweed on the prairie,
out of touch with the good earth.
He lives rootless and aimless
in a land where nothing grows.
(Jeremiah 17: 5-6, MSG)
Living well means that we keep our hands open to receive. Living well means that we are not so occupied with solving our problems that we forget to look for God for solutions. Living well means we trust God for taking care of us. This does not mean laziness. But it means fervent prayer and staying in God’s presence. It means waiting for God for answers and guidance. It means giving God the glory and praise.
But blessed is the man who trusts me, God,
the woman who sticks with God.
They’re like trees replanted in Eden,
putting down roots near the rivers—
Never a worry through the hottest of summers,
never dropping a leaf,
Serene and calm through droughts,
bearing fresh fruit every season.
(Jeremiah 17:7-8, MSG)
Living blessedly in God’s hands means that we trust God and we stick around even when we can’t feel God’s presence in our lives. Because God is with us even when things get hard. God is with us even when nothing extraordinary happen. God is with us even whether it is silent or extremely noisy. When we have put deep down strong roots in God’s Word there is nothing that can shake our existence. Nothing can shake our peace. Nothing can shake us from bearing fruit every season. Nothing. Because God is with us and we are blessed.
We can trust our past, our present, and our future into God’s hands because God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We don’t need to know the future when we know God who holds the future in his hands. We don’t need to worry about the future when we are known by God who holds our future in his hands. God frees us from worrying into living. Thus we can concentrate in living well in the presence. We can rejoice and be glad because God is with us wherever we go. Thanks be to God!
Thank you for your faithfulness.
Thank you for freeing us from worrying.
Help us to keep our hands open to receive.
Enable us to share your blessings with others.
Renew our strength and trust every morning.
Energize us for your service.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Why is it so hard to trust God and stop worrying?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you live in the freedom of Christ!
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